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Catching up with #FreshCreations, West Dunbartonshire

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland speaks to #FreshCreations in West Dunbartonshire. Aileen Lynn, Senior Youth Arts Coordinator, tells us the latest

It’s all go at #FreshCreations HQ!

We’re still buzzing from our first ever Christmas Showcase in December, where we had each of our winter workshops taking to the stage, including: drama, musical theatre and dance performances, a fashion show, creative writing, comic book readings and our fantastic graffiti work on display.

After a nice rest over the festive period we are back with our first programme of 2015 which includes 10-week workshop blocks in fashion design, experimental drawing, singing lessons, street dance and creative writing. We are also excited to launch the first ever #FreshCreations Youth Theatre in Clydebank from the 17th February.

We have an exciting programme of workshops and performances, and we’re working on the possibility of putting on an overseas trip! We’re currently planning our Easter Programme which will take place during the school holidays in Clydebank and coincide with the launch of workshops in Dumbarton. This will be a great opportunity for young people to sign up for our classes and future opportunities whilst learning new skills with our taster sessions. All of our young people taking part in workshops this year will be encouraged to complete their bronze and silver Art Awards – we’re so excited to show off our fresh creations!

We’ve also launched our #FreshCreations website which has lots of info on classes as well as plenty of fun photos and videos of past projects. Check it out and help us spread the word!

The purpose of #FreshCreations Youth Voice is to ensure young people make the decisions and have their voices heard in regards to the future of youth arts in our area. If the project is for the young people, I strongly believe that decisions should be made by the young people themselves and #FreshCreations Youth Voice makes this participatory process possible. It is a transformative learning process – we can learn from the young people as much as they can learn from us. So far, we have had a Youth Voice open night and two Youth Voice meetings. Each of them went well with useful feedback and ideas coming from the young people inspiring us to perhaps change certain aspects of our project.Hearing from the young people is the key in making #FreshCreations work most effectively. Without working collaboratively with the young people, I feel we may not only miss out on what they want and need, but not be able to call ourselves a Youth Arts Project, if the decisions are not made by youths themselves.

– Courtney Hendry, Youth Voice member with #FreshCreations, on the Youth Voice project

 

Find out more about #FreshCreations.

 

If you’d like to get in touch with the latest updates from your Youth Art’s Hub, contact stephanie@ytas.org.uk